Panasas Introduces Solid-State Drive Technology

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panasasPanasas, today, announced a new architecture and design for their ActiveStor Series 9 system.  The new design inclusion is based on the Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-state Drive [SSD].  The ActiveStor 9 uses tiered storage based on multiple storage mediums to elicit both high-bandwidth and high-IOPS performance.

Automated tiering is the critical next step in widespread adoption of solid state disk. The new ActiveStor Series 9 architecture is an excellent example of this,” said George Crump, president, Storage Switzerland. “As a result, customers will see significant performance benefits. Customers are demanding greater intelligence from their storage systems, and it is clear that Panasas applied a tremendous amount of insight to the Series 9 design to help drive higher levels of efficiency through automated data management.”

Initial benchmarks from Panasas show a 300 percent improvement on access to file metadata and nearly 200 percent improvement in NFS performance.  For more info, read the full release here.